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3 stars In My Not So Humble Opinion:

"Nostalgia", the latest release by Polish proggers Satellite, is not very good. I do have all four Satellite albums and this one is a disappointment compared to the other three.

The CD starts out with "Every Desert Got Its Ocean", and my very first impression is that Wojtek Szadkowski pulled out his circa 1992 Sound Canvas and picked a factory preset and went to town. For the non-keyboard players amongst us, he took fifteen year old technology and ran with it out of the box. The keyboards sound cheap and tinny. As we're still reeling from the initial cacophony Robert Amirian's vocals come in and they sound as good as the keyboards do. The key was too high for him, so instead of dropping it, they doubled the recording. Unfortunately this doesn't sound terribly good.

Unfortunately the same formula is repeated again and again for the next four songs with much the same result, the vocals are too high for Amirian, and the poor production does not cover it up. I don't know if there just wasn't enough money to do this album properly or what, but the production is far weaker than the other three Satellite albums.

On the bright side, the last four songs (I have the Digipak) are a notch up. While not quite enough to save the album, they do try their best. In general, the patch selection fits the music and the vocals are a much better representation of what Amirian is capable of.

My personal favorite is "Am I Loosing Touch" which starts off with the melancholy feel of a high school slow dance, awkward in all the right ways. This segues into a disco bit that is far too short and a madrigal before returning to the initial slow dance. This is a great song.

The last three are pretty good as well, "Relaxed" is a neat little showcase piece with further echoes of disco. "Is It Over" and "The Color of the Rain" continue with the general melancholic, one could even say nostalgic, feel that pervades the rest of the CD.

All in all, the production and vocal mix of the first five songs start this CD off at about a one with the last four songs salvaging this up to about two and a half stars which rounds up to a three.

Roland113 | 3/5 |


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